April 2013


On Friday my daughter didn’t go to school, she complained of a poorly tummy and the constant need to rush to the toilet almost without warning. So she stayed at home. She was, of course, genuinely ill. If she hadn’t been, if she’d just been angling for day off, this would be known in these [...]

Anzac Day

In 2009, I wrote my first post about Anzac Day and it’s a good place to start for anyone who really doesn’t know what this day is about…. Anzac Day Explained. I have written about Anzac Day every year since; in 2010, probably my shortest post ever was called This Blog is Closed and 2011 [...]


After a period of time with both Mrs Bobinoz and myself whingeing about our bad backs at each other, we wondered whether we should consider buying a new mattress. After a brief period of calculation, we realised the mattress we had been sleeping on was a wee tad over 15 years old. Yes, it WAS [...]


I’ve written quite a few posts about beer… Australia’s Best Beers and Lagers by BobinOz The Price of a Night Out With the Boys Lights, Heavies, Mids and Schooners Explained Cost of Living in Australia: Alcohol. This Week: Beer Australia Versus England: Beer and Pubs Cheap Australian Beer Anybody? … to name but a few. [...]

sea lion

Despite the complete absence in Australia of really scary animals like lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, hippos, and grizzly bears, this country still has a fearsome reputation when it comes to killer wildlife. A good number of our killer critters live in the sea, but the one that is partly related to the king of the [...]


It’s a question that isn’t easy for me to answer, being as I have a colour of skin that could easily pass for Australian. It’s only when I open my mouth and my thick Essex accent comes to the fore that anyone would discover that I’m actually English, or, as we are sometimes called here, [...]

Pubs in Australia: Traditional vs Modern thumbnail

I’ve written quite a few posts about pubs in Australia, as well as posts about the cost of beers, wines, and I’ve also talked about beer measures. In a post called Sunday Lunch in an Australian Pub from February 2009, I ran through the numbers and the bottom line was that there are way more [...]


And so another school holiday break is over. The kids have had two weeks off for Easter and its back to school on Monday. We didn’t actually go away anywhere for a proper holiday, but that doesn’t mean Elizabeth hasn’t had lots of fun. Here are just a few of the things she has done [...]